08.07.2012 - 08.10.2012
Paris was still very cool the second time around and my mom and I definitely had a great time. We walked around quite a bit, as is easy to do in Paris with the beautiful architecture and sights.
Walking around Paris first thing
We stumbled across this beautiful garden that I didn't get enough good pictures of to capture how pretty it was. There was also a really neat older carrousel that I neglected to get a photo of...should've listened to mom on that one.
We made our way to Arc de Triomphe
SNAILS on Champs-Élysées
Following day was a day for the Louvre!!! Get ready for some serious photos. Keep in mind that I captured a small fraction of what this museum has to offer.
the line is inevitable...we only waited for 30 minutes to get through security and probably less than 5 minutes once inside to grab tickets from the machine....if you waited in line above ground instead of below ground like we did, you probably would be waiting for well over an hour.
For some reason this is the picture, out of EVERYTHING in this museum, this is what everyone wants a picture of...and i wedged my way through the masses to grab one as well. If it was on my bucket list (which it wasn't) at least it's been checked off.
Best Hot chocolate EVER after a nice afternoon in and around the Louvre
Little bit of walking around
That night we went to see Moulin Rouge
There was some dancing that was absolutely phenomenal and then there was some dancing that was very cheesy, along with some very cheesy music. However, mom and I had a delightful time drinking champagne and watching the show. They even have naked lady swim with some snakes, but I felt bad for the giant snakes as they kept trying to escape the tank only to be put back in the water by the woman or a handler around the tank's edge. I wish I could show you video or pictures, but they collect all camera equipment before you enter so you are unable to record. Lots of ruffly dresses, breasts, strong men, a comedy act in the middle, and this one dance where the music was very YMCA and everyone was dressed in pleather...I couldn't restrain my laughs though I kept them quiet.
NEXT DAY we went to the Montmartre Cemetery
This place was beautiful and peaceful with some truly ornate burial sites. This also brought me back to more serious thoughts of the evils of humanity when grave sites were seen that identified individuals as having died in concentration camps.
This grave was so beautiful and ornate we looked up the singer - if you are curious about her at all her name is Dalida
and this director and producer had an interesting grave site...i personally thought these kinds of photos on a grave were a little creepy, but who am I to judge.
this was probably one of my favorites...if you can have a favorite grave site
After the cemetery we headed to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica
We then headed to do a boat tour as I had wanted to do one previously because I had watched some travel specials stating that they were a great way to see the city. After doing the boat tour, I'm not sure I agree with that...we did certainly get to see a lot of bridges.
The N on this bridge is for Napoleon who I believe had this bridge built
somewhere in the above pictures we left the boat tour and were then walking around
Eiffel Tower! I like to take as many pictures of it as possible....as you can see. Watching it sparkle at 11pm was how we ended our Parisian adventure!
Next adventure with mom was to Nice, France!!!